Civil Rights / Liberties
By Steve Ahlquist on November 25, 2015
A Superior Court Judge ordered the restoration of power to about two dozen homes this afternoon, ruling against National Grid and the RI Public Utilities Commission.
Posted in Activism, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Energy, Featured, Health Care, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center, Lifeline Project, national grid, Rhode Island Center for Justice, RI Division of Public Utilities and Carriers | Leave a response
By Harry Rix on November 23, 2015
“I don’t think there is a white privilege.” – House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello Rhode Island’s Democratic Speaker on race: “I don’t think anybody in society views any particular nationality as having any privilege over any other.” This denies the experiences of many minorities. They know whites have greater privileges in education, employment, housing, banking and […]
By Andrew Stewart on November 22, 2015
News broke on Friday that “[a] group of current and former Rhode Island College employees is asking the state Council on Postsecondary Education to replace college President Nancy Carriuolo, who they accuse of destabilizing the institution.” Yet those who have a rudimentary understanding of how the internal dynamics of Rhode Island College work grasp very […]
By Steve Ahlquist on November 21, 2015
“Lead by people of color, the First National Trans March of Resilience… in numerous cities across the nation… [is] a way to honor the strength and resilience of trans lives, specifically the lives of trans people of color…”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Health Care, Homelessness, LGBT, National News, News, Photos, Poverty, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video, Women | Tagged Alejandra Blaze, August Guang, black lives matter, Dominique Pistone, Julián Cancino, Monay McNeil, National Trans March of Resilience, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rita Hester, TDOR, Trans Lives Matter, Transgender Day of Remembrance | Leave a response
By RI Future on November 19, 2015
“Respectfully, when other public officials in the state are protesting efforts to welcome any Syrian refugees in Rhode Island by holding public rallies and calling for the internment of any refugees that do arrive here, this is anything but a non-issue.”
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, International News, National News, News, Politics, Religion, Rhode Island, State House, Syria | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island, don anderson, Farid Ansari, Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, RI Council for Muslim Advancement, Sarah Mack, Steven Brown, Syrian refugees | 7 Responses
By RI Future on November 14, 2015
As in previous years, students with disabilities and students of color served a disproportionate amount of these suspensions…
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Education, Featured, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Hillary Davis, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island General Assembly, school suspensions | 2 Responses
By RI Future on November 12, 2015
At the meeting, Perreault, another female EMT/firefighter, and several male firefighters expressed concerns about women not getting fair treatment in the fire department. Three months later, she was summoned to a meeting with Fire District Chief Stuart Pearson where she was terminated. The only explanation that Pearson gave was that he believed she was unhappy working there.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Featured, Labor, News, Rhode Island, Women | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Harmony Fire District, Kimberly Perreault, Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, Sonja Deyoe, Steven Brown, Stuart Pearson | Leave a response
By Andrew Stewart on November 12, 2015
On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, Rhode Island sex worker activist and labor organizer Bella Robinson was hosted by Dr. Alan Brown at Southern Connecticut State University for a lecture titled Sex Work and Human Rights, part of the University’s Social Justice Week. Presented in the Adanti Student Center Theater, Robinson explained to her student audience the […]
By RI Future on November 5, 2015
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island today announced the settlement of a federal lawsuit on behalf of Jason Cook, an ACI inmate who, the suit alleged, was the victim of retaliation by prison officials for publicly criticizing RI Department of Corrections’ (DOC) mail policies and seeking legal assistance from the ACLU.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Rhode Island | Tagged ACI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, DeLuca & Weizenbaum, DOC, first amendment, Jason Cook, Ltd., RI ACLU, RI Department of Corrections, Shad Miller, William Smith | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 31, 2015
In our early morning wage theft action today, former Café Atlantic restaurant owner Juan Noboa physically assaulted one of the worker leaders, Flor Salazar, with a bat, hitting her three times in the arm and shoulder but aiming for her head…
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Featured, Labor, News, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged Cafe Atlantic, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, Jose bren, Juan Noboa, Phoebe Gardener, Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training | 10 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 30, 2015
Though the board’s ruling came as a relief to many, to some it will have little effect. Anna told me that she has spent money she might have used to reinstate her gas heat to purchase electric space heaters. In order to have the money back on her debit card in time, she will have to return the space heaters today, wait for the money to be back on her card early next week, and make her payment then. This means that she and her children will be in a house with no heat all weekend.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, corporate greed, Energy, Featured, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women, Youth | Tagged Camilo Viveiros, George Wiley Center, Gina Raimondo, Herbert F DeSimone Jr, Margaret Curran, national grid, Paul J Roberti, Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission, RIPUC | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 29, 2015
Jim Ryczek, who heads up the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH), is in full support of the lawsuit. “We are proud to have helped keep communities safe,” said Ryczek, adding that the three factors that keep people from re-offending are stable housing, employment and treatment. The law, if it is allowed to stand, threatens all three of these factors.
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Featured, Homelessness, Housing, National News, News, Poverty, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, harrington hall, House of Hope CDC, Jean M. Johnson, Jim Ryczek, John MacDonald, Lynette Labringer, Nicholas Mattiello, OpenDoors, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, RI ACLU, RICH, Sol Rodriguez, steve brown | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on October 28, 2015
What became clear over the next ninety minutes is that lawyering works in support of community organizing, not the other way around. What this means is that lawyers interested in social justice work need to “find the legal work that can support the organizers,” according to Shannah Kurland, a community lawyer and Soros Justice Fellow at PrYSM.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Criminal Justice, Events, Featured, Housing, Immigration, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Christopher Samih-Rotondo, Community Action Partnership of Providence, Community Safety Act, DARE, Direct Action for Rights and Equity, fuerza laboral, George Wiley Center, hode Island Legal Services, just cause, Michael Grinthal, Michael Zabelin, Paulette Soltani, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, RI Center for Justice, Robert McCreanor, Sarath Suong, Shannah Kurland, Tenant and Homeowner Association | Leave a response
By RI Future on October 22, 2015
“When a student’s immature behavior is addressed by a law enforcement official trained in criminality and arrest, not in getting to the root of a behavioral issue, neither the child nor the school is well served. In short, the presence of SROs redefines as criminal justice problems behavior issues that may be rooted in social, psychological or academic problems, for which involvement in the juvenile justice system is hardly the solution,” said Steven Brown of the RI ACLU.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Education, Featured, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Youth | Tagged Patti DiCenso, RI ACLU, school resource officers, SROs, Steven Brown, Tolman High School | 1 Response
By David Ellison on October 20, 2015
At the Democratic National Debate on Tuesday a question was asked, “Do black lives matter, or do all lives matter?”
There was an astounding response on Twitter from many Republican politicians exclaiming furiously that, “All lives matter!”
At issue is the meaning of #AllLivesMatter. The question must be asked, “Do all lives really matter?”
By Steve Ahlquist on October 15, 2015
Fifteen plastic sandwich bags containing racist and anti-semitic literature and weighed down with white rice were left on the doorsteps and sidewalks of East Side homes in Providence over night and discovered early Thursday morning by residents.
Posted in cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Criminal Justice, Featured, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged BlackLivesMatter, jorge elorza, Steven Pare | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 14, 2015
With the debate on guns in the United States taking a long slow turn against the intractable positions of the NRA (National Rifle Association) and towards instituting common sense gun legislation, it is only a matter of time before the RICAGV starts making real progress in the RI General Assembly.
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, cities and towns, Civil Rights / Liberties, Democrats, Elections, Events, Gun Control, Health Care, National News, News, Politics, Providence, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged James Langevin, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, National Rifle Association, Nicholas Mattiello, NRA, RI Coalition Against Gun Violence, RICAGV, Teresa Tanzi | 1 Response
By Hillary Davis on October 12, 2015
The ACLU of Rhode Island works tirelessly to defend fundamental rights here in the Ocean State. Now, it’s time to celebrate that work. Join us on Thursday, October 22, at the Providence Biltmore to take part in our Annual Meeting Celebration and raise a glass to another year of protecting civil liberties. This year, the ACLU of Rhode Island is […]
Posted in Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Featured, Homelessness, People, Providence, Rhode Island | Tagged ACLU, Civil Rights / Liberties, Events, Homelessness, Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless | Leave a response
By Rodrigo Pimentel on October 9, 2015
“If you follow the economic discussion in Rhode Island,” continued Nightingale, “all you hear people say is ‘all we need is more jobs, more jobs’ – but when you scrape away the rhetoric, a lot of people of color and poor minorities are being divided among themselves… the elites never mention that it’s all about their profits, about busting unions, about exploiting people – and this is one of the problems we have to deal with.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Climate Change, corporate greed, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Environment, Featured, International News, Labor, National News, News, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Environmental Protection Agency, fang, fossil free rhode island, Gina Raimondo, national grid, Peter Nightingale, pope francis, Robert Bullard, Sheldon Whitehouse, university of rhode island | 1 Response
By RI Future on October 7, 2015
Citing a recent “pattern of disturbingly inadequate” responses to open records requests “on truly critical matters of public import,” five open government organizations have called on Governor Gina Raimondo to issue an executive order that calls on state agencies to “adopt a strong presumption in favor of disclosure in addressing requests for public information.”
Posted in Activism, Campaign 2016, Civil Rights / Liberties, Class Warfare, Democrats, Featured, International News, National News, News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Access to Public Records, ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, apra, Department of Transportation, Donald Lally, Gina Raimondo, Health and Human Services, Jane W. Koster, Justin Silverman, League of Women Voters of Rhode Island, League of Women Voters of the United States, Linda Lotridge Levin, LWVRI, New England First Amendment Coalition, Rhode Island Press Association, ridot, Steven Brown, Unified Health Infrastructure Project | Leave a response